Today's News

  • Los Alamos home, condo sales on the rise

    Single Family home sales rose from 44 in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 57 this quarter. Single-family home sales volumes also jumped from $12.4 million in 2014 to $16.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
    Condo and townhome sales also increased in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 16 units, compared to 10 units sold in the same quarter of the previous year.
    The median price of single-family home sales saw an uptick when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, or $260,500 to $270,000 in this quarter.
    During this same period, the median price of condos or townhomes increased from $193,500 to $203,250.
    “The Los Alamos single-family housing market experienced a nice jump in both sales and prices during the fourth quarter of 2015,” said David Horpedahl, president of Los Alamos Association of Realtors. “The modest rise in interest rates and rising home prices may have helped to get a few of our buyers off the fence this quarter.”
    — Staff report

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  • BPU adopts strategic policy for electrical energy resources

    As part of its strategic planning, the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities adopted the bulk of the Future Energy Resources Committee recommendations for electrical energy resources on Wednesday.
    The board’s first action was to adopt a definition of carbon neutrality. The board’s strategic goals include a commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040.
    Vice Chair Stephen McLin voted against even reopening discussion on the definition – which had been tabled at the last meeting – and also against the definition.
    McLin again raised the issue of what adopting those policies could cost customers, as he has done at other meetings on the FER report.
    Chair Andrew Fraser addressed McLin’s concern.
    “I think in the future the board should revisit the previous board’s commitment to this definition, and we should do this after we have some notion of what the cost is going to be so we can address your concerns,” Fraser said.
    Jeff Johnson – who was elected as the board’s new chair later in the evening – also responded to McLin.

  • Food Depot launches mobile food program in Los Alamos

    A new food distribution program will begin in Los Alamos through The Food Depot’s Mobile Food Pantry starting today and continuing every last Friday of each month.
    Low-income residents of Los Alamos County can pick up food from noon-2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. (behind the Lemon Lot). Participants will need to complete a basic application.
    Los Alamos attracted the attention of The Food Depot when its parent organization, Feeding America released new information on food insecurity in New Mexico counties. The study, Map the Meal Gap 2015 maintains that 2,390 people, 770 of which are children, in the county are food insecure, meaning their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.
    With these new numbers, the food bank looked at how much food was going into the county and it wasn’t enough given this increase in hungry people in the community.
    “According to Map the Meal Gap 2015, nearly 2,400 people are food insecure in Los Alamos County,” said Sherry Hooper, executive director for The Food Depot. With this additional emergency food distribution, we hope to reach low-income families who may not be accessing current help available to them.”

  • 2015 stats show drop in crime

    Los Alamos Police Department released the 2015 calls for service and crime statistics last week that show an overall drop in crimes, with a significant drop in violent crimes as well as a gradual decline in property crimes.
    During the 12 months of 2015, of 13,391 calls for service, officers responded to a total of 180 violent and property offense complaints. This represents a 15 percent decrease, compared to 213 offenses during the same period in 2014.
    Violent crime decreased from 34 in 2014 to 22 in 2015, a 35 percent decrease.
    Property crime decreased by 12 percent from 179 in 2014 to 158 in 2015.
    Traffic reports show a decrease in accidents and DWI of 11 percent and 18 percent, respectively, and a significant increase in traffic tickets of 51 percent.
    The Los Alamos Police Department attributes this decline in both violent and property crime to community partners for sustaining a safe environment through enforcement, education, prevention and treatment.
    “These efforts continue to be reflected in the fact that Los Alamos remains one of the safest communities in the nation,” said Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, in the release.

  • White Rock man booked for sexual exploitation of minor

    A White Rock man was arrested Jan. 14 after his wife suspected him of viewing child pornography.
    After a five-month long investigation, police charged Scott Mallory, 51, with sexual exploitation of children under the age of 18, and possession of visual media. Police arrested him at Technical Area 3 of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, according to the Los Alamos Police Department.
    According to court documents, a woman contacted police in August when she allegedly saw pictures of a female minor on a computer allegedly owned by Mallory.
    “What made these images disturbing was that the photos were zoomed in images of (the minor’s) clothed breast and buttocks area,” an officer noted in his report.
    A few days later, police returned with a warrant for Mallory’s laptop computer and an external hard drive. The equipment was later taken to the New Mexico Regional Forensics Laboratory for examination.
    An examination of the computer revealed more than 250 documents that were bookmarked by agents with the NMRFL. The items tagged by the forensics experts allegedly included various images of “young female teenagers.” According to court documents, the clothed images allegedly were focused in on the breasts. Other images were classified by forensic experts as child erotica and child pornography.

  • Los Alamos ranked highest in wealthy households

    Los Alamos was again ranked as the area with the highest concentration of wealthy households this year. About one in eight households have more than $1 million in assets, according to a report released by a Phoenix marketing firm Tuesday.
    A report by Phoenix Marketing International shows Los Alamos has 908 households with $1 million or more in assets, which makes up 12 percent of the community.  The share of millionaires in town dropped 4 percent from last year, but it wasn’t enough to bump Los Alamos from the top spot in the nation.
    “The county has been consistently over the past several years ranked very high in different studies like this that look at wealth in the nation. It’s not surprising, given a number of factors,” said Patrick Sullivan, executive director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.
    Many of the wealthier residents are nearing the end of their years, retiring after a career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sullivan said.
    “As a number of people know, the laboratory is a wealth-producing engine, and a major employer in northern New Mexico with relatively high-paying positions,” Sullivan said.
    The national rankings can draw employees to the laboratory, he said, more than it pulls people in to relocate to Los Alamos.

  • Ice fishing unsafe in spots

    Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain South, Belen Drain and the Corrales Drain was fair to good using spinners, wax worms, power eggs, small jigs and salmon eggs.
    A.J. Trujillo fished the Belen Drain with his brother Gerald Trujillo and his wife, Amber Trujillo of Los Lunas. They caught a walleye, carp, catfish, three largemouth bass and a trout. All were caught on power jigs with the exception of the trout, which was caught on a Rooster Tail.
    Bluewater Lake: Opened for ice fishing Saturday, Jan. 16, with an ice thickness ranging from 7 to 9 inches.
    Fishing was fair to good using atomic jigs for trout. Fishing for all other species was slow.
    For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 505-876-2391.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 114 cfs and 68 cfs respectively.
    Fishing below Abiquiu was good again this past week as anglers did well using Berkley power eggs, worms, wooly buggers and egg patterns for trout.
    Cochiti Lake: As of Monday, the majority of the lake was covered with unsafe ice.

  • Nominations sought for wildlife conservation awards

    SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is soliciting nominations for its inaugural Excellence in Wildlife Conservation awards to be presented Feb. 20 at the Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Banquet at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque.
    The awards are in recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to wildlife conservation in New Mexico.
    The public is invited to submit nominations in the following categories:
    Governor’s Conservationist Lifetime Achievement Award:
    The Governor’s Conservationist Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a distinguished individual who has made a contribution of lasting significance to the benefit of New Mexico’s wildlife.
    Nominees should be individuals whose lifelong efforts have been dedicated to conserving New Mexico’s wildlife for future generations.
    Commissioner’s Wildlife Conservation Partnership Award:
    The Commissioner’s Wildlife Conservation Partnership Award recognizes an organization that promotes wildlife conservation in New Mexico.

  • Eagle Nest ice fishing tournament on Jan. 30

    EAGLE NEST — Ice anglers rejoice. The annual Ice Fishing Tournament, to be held Jan. 30 at Eagle Nest Lake State Park, once again promises excellent fishing and impressive prizes. The prize money from 2015 totaled $2,966.
    Cold weather recently at Eagle Nest Lake indicates good ice coverage for the event.
    Registration begins at 6 a.m. Jan. 30 inside the Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center.
    Tournament participants must be in line at the visitor center no later than 2 p.m. to enter their catch for tournament prizes.
    Tournament fee is $10 for each category entered. Participants are eligible for prizes in only those categories they enter.
    Last year, the tournament drew 182 registered ice fishermen from 42 different towns and cities in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. Last year’s prize money and categories included $1,028 (trout), $879 (perch), $609 (creel) and $450 (pike).
    Raffle and door prizes were also awarded while the event raised more than $2,500 to help Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks promote activities at the two state parks.